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Lunar Mountains Activity

Name : Lunar Mountains

Description :

The Lunar Mountains activity is a Keystage 3/4 workshop to estimate the height of mountains and crater walls on the Moon. After assembling a mosaic of a quarter-phase Moon, students are asked to measure the length of shadows being cast by a number of vertical features on the lunar surface, and will then use some algebra to estimate their respective heights.

Age Range : 11 - 16 years

Workshop Time : 1 hour

Image of a lunar crater and mountain


For the activity, you will need to download the activity presentation and a set of JPEG images of the Moon.

Activity Presentation: MS PowerPoint

Data Files :

Moonsaic 2A mosaic of a Quarter Phase Moon 20 JPEGsFeb 2007 Data for Download


Please note that over the weekend of the 26-29th May 2017 we will be switching over to our brand new website - during this time there may be periods where the site is difficult to access, it will not be possible to register with the website, and users will be unable to request observations from the telescope. Please bear with us during this time. All should be back up and running by the 30th May 2017.